Cure Violence – A Public Health Model
This introductory video from Cure Violence, explains the concept and principles behind their pioneering methods.
Whilst brief, it is very poignant and talks about life from a young persons perspective. Those who are exposed to environments that feature recurrent violence whether that is at home, at school, in the neighbourhood or elsewhere.
For these young people, violence can become a normal part of life and ultimately part of the way in which they, themselves behave and respond.
Violence is, in the words of Cure Violence, a disease that is contagious.
Cure Violence, work closely with people that have experienced these issues and understand the challenges faced. They seek to intervene through identification of the source, to contain the spread of violence. This video talks about how this approach can change views, heal damage and alter behaviours. Victims can become the antidote, that stops the spread.
Cure Violence was founded by Gary Slutkin, M.D., former head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Intervention Development Unit and Professor of Epidemiology and International Health at the University of Illinois/Chicago School of Public Health.
Cure Violence launched in West Garfield Park, one of the most violent communities in Chicago, and was quick to produce results, reducing shootings by 67% in its first year. From 2000-2008, Cure Violence focused its activities in the United States, quickly expanding to Baltimore, New York, New Orleans, Oakland, Loiza, Puerto Rico and other sites.
In 2008, Cure Violence began its first international adaptation and replication of the methodology in Basra and Sadr City, Iraq. Since then, international programs have been added in Canada (Halifax and Alberta), Colombia (Cali), El Salvador (San Salvador and San Pedro Mazawal), Honduras (San Pedro Sula), Jamaica (St. Catherine North and St. James), Kenya (Nairobi and Rift valley), Mexico (Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua City), South Africa (Hanover Park), Syria (western and northern), Trinidad & Tobago (Port of Spain) and United Kingdom (London).
Cure Violence has also provided training in violence prevention techniques to representatives from dozens of other countries.